SC Ports secures $21m federal grant

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SC Ports) has been awarded a $21.68 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to assist with building infrastructure at the Ridgeville Commerce Parkthe location of Walmart’s 3 million square foot distribution centre.

The funding comes from the DOT’s Fiscal Year 20 Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) grants. The Trump Administration has awarded $1 billion in BUILD grants to repair, rebuild and revitalize transportation systems in the US.

SC Ports’ BUILD grant will be used for the both on-site and off-site improvements to the port-owned Ridgeville Commerce Park. This work is vital to the future development of Walmart’s centre — set to break ground in March — as well as for future site tenants.

“The importance of this $21.68 million BUILD grant cannot be overstated,” SC Ports President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “These improvements are crucial to the development of Walmart’s new distribution center in Dorchester County.

“Walmart is known for its supply chain innovation and performance and having this world-class company here is the ultimate vote of confidence in SC Ports and in South Carolina. 

“We are grateful to all our partners who worked so hard to secure this vital funding in support of this project, as well as for future growth at the site.”

“This grant is an incredibly important component of developing the Ridgeville Commerce Park. We are thrilled that the Trump Administration saw the significance of enhancing site infrastructure in support of South Carolina’s economy and global trade,” SC Ports COO Barbara Melvin said. 

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